Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Member Feature: Crazy Daisy Creations

Tell us a little about your shop

My shop includes jewerly including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I use mostly sterling silver components in my pieces. I also tend to favor towards swarovski beads and pearls.

What brought you to etsy? I started making earrings in grammar school (with help from my dad). I needed a new creative outlet, such I started back up agian. My fiance told me I should try selling what I make, to help with the cost of our wedding, so I decided to try out etsy.

How long have you been crafting?

I guess I can say that I've been a crafter since I was about 10 years old, making beaded earrings and pins. Over the years (minus the high school years), I have always been crafting in some form, whether it be making wreaths for holidays, making other holiday decorations, making decorations/collages for my room, to now back to making jewerly.

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?

My favorite item in my shop is my flower pendant necklace. This would not be up for sale if I could wear jewerly more often!!! (I work full time as a physical therapist, so I have to keep jewerly to minimum)

What is your "day job?" Full time outpatient physical therapist

Where do you find inspiration? Looking at different websites or spending hours looking over the selections at various craft stores

What is one thing you wish you could do better? Make rings!!

What is one crafting tool you couldn't live without?

My bead organizer

What is your favorite book/movie/song?

Favorite move is "The Notebook", favorite song "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton, and I LOVE paranormal romance novels

Where else can we find you? My facebook page

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Member Feature: Clever Confections

Tell us a little about your shop

Clever Confections & Gifts features a variety of yummy edible treats from Decorated Cookies, to unique flavored Cupcakes. We also offer Chocolate yummies too from Peanut Clusters, Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks, Chocolate covered Pretzels, Chocolate Crosses, Seashells, Starfish and Sand Dollars!! Anything for your special event! Our decorated cut-out cookies are a hit and we offer a varietey of shapes such as Baby Onesies, Cupcakes, Martini Glasses, Football / Baseball Jerseys, just to name a few. Our non-edible gifts are wonderful as well! We have Tile Coasters, Baby Blankets and more! If you don't see something here that you may be interested in, plesae don't hesitate to inquire, we're very versitile! All of our edible products are made fresh to order! We also offer non-edible gift items!! So be sure to check out CleverConfections & Gifts for all your Gift Giving Needs and all items made by Clever Confections whether it's edible or non-edible items are made from a smoke free home!

What brought you to etsy?

I had a personal website for my 'business' for a couple of years, and it was while I was in the midst of planning my wedding when I was introduced to the Etsy site. Simply amazing!! I loved everything about the way the Etsy. From a customer's standpoint as well as the seller's. About 6 months later and tons of encouragment from friends and family, I took the plunge and opened shop!

How long have you been crafting?

While I've been 'crafting' for a number of years, I've been a cake decorator since my son's 1st birthday! Since then, I've taken numerous classes,and eventually became a certified Wilton Instructor. I taught for 7 years and absolutely enjoyed it tremendously. Aside from cakes, cookies, and baking in general, I dabbled in jewelry making and love to sew!

What is your favorite item in your shop right now?

As of right now, my favorite item in my shop for me are the Baby Onesie cookies! I absolutely love making these!

What is your "day job?"

I go to school full time (despite the fact that I'm A LOT older than most attending college, AND my middle daughter who is 21 tends to joke with me that we'll be graduating with our BA at the same time). I also help 'plan' events year round so that along with my Etsy shop and word of mouth business keeps me busy!!

Where do you find inspiration?

I get inspiration from everyone I come in contact with or everywhere I go! I see things and think to myself "ohhh, I could make that into a cake" or, going down an aisle at the grocery store, I see a bag of graham crackers and think "that would make awesome looking sand for my beach themed cake I'm doing this weekend". I also love blog hopping and getting ideas from other creative people!

What is one thing you wish you could do better?

I wish I could be better at creating my own digital files! I'm so not creative when it comes to digital scrapbooking or things of that nature. When it comes to the 'paper' end of my parties I host, I always rely on fellow KNET member Loobie Labels to help me out!!

What is one crafting tool you couldn't live without?

My one crafting tool I couldn't live without would be my Kitchen Aid Mixer! That baby has whipped up tons of pounds of cookie dough and cake batter!!! Icings as well!!

What is your favorite book/movie/song?

My favorite book is The Notebook; favorite movie is Sweet Home Alabama; and favorite song at the moment is You're Beautiful by James Blunt.

Where else can we find you?

I have a personal blog and a Clever Confections blog which I haven't really done too much with, but would welcome followers there as well. I also have a Facebook Fan Page.